The Back To The Future comic book is published today, reviving the characters of Marty McFly and Doc Brown, and not-so-coincidentally published on Back To The Future Day, October 21st, 2015, the date that Back To The Future II took place in. All stories written by screenwriter Bob Gale, with differing levels of script assistance into comic book form, and all expanding tales from within the movies' continuities.
So rather than the future, the first comic book shows three scenes of the past.
A framing sequence in the Wild West with Doc Brown and his family, a story set before the events of the first film telling the story of how McFly became the Doc's assistant and finally a story set between the two, as Doc Brown is recruited for the Manhattan Project.
The first two are relatively blah, more exposition than storytelling, but the third comes remarkably alive, down to two things – Ghostbusters' Dan Schoening's remarkable artwork hooked to the realisation that a young Doc Brown off the hook is a remarkably thing to read, scripted by Erik Burnham. His younger arms swing, gesticulate, break panel borders and will not allow him to be restrained by a stuffy 1943. And then finds a fellow traveller in Robert Oppenheimer. Suddenly the book feels exciting, unpredictable, and full of the spirit and pizazz of the originals.
Bob Gale sets out his plans for the series in the back. It looks like we will also learn how the Doc established himself as a blacksmith, how Biff killed George – and if Lorraine suspected, what that world's Marty's life was like and what Doc was like as a kid.
He also explains that the Doc Brown Saves The World short film part of the Blu-Ray/DVD box set will explain why our 2015 differs to the original 2015 seen in the movies…
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Who have a Brooklyn Brewery Defend Comics event this Friday, with Brooklyn Defender IPA, Khary Randolph and Andy Oliver. £5 tickets with beer and limited edition glass, £10 to make it bottomless for the night. Tickets here.